I am a first time dog owner. My husband and I just got a beagle puppy. She is about 5-6 weeks old. I am very overwhelmed with her. She wont eat all of her food. I have put warm milk on her dog food. and she'll eat some of it but I have to hand feed her. She appears that she still wants to nurse from momma. Is there something that I can make for her that she should want to eat? Any help would be great. Thank you
Sounds like she isnt weaned-- She's still too young really to be away from her mom and siblings as it is. 8 weeks should be minimum that pups are sold/given away but older for other breeds. Buy some puppy formula and a bottle and try to bottle feed her if you cant take her back to her mother to be fully weaned.
Cow's milk isnt that good for our pets either. Most pets are lactose intolerant and cow's milk has a tendency to cause diarrhea. If you must give your pup milk and cannot get puppy formula, go with goat's milk. Its sold in most grocery stores these days (as is puppy formula).
Way too young to be away from mom. Is the breeder willing to let it go back for another 3 weeks?
Are you feeding the food dry, or making it into a mush? It is best to soak it in hot water, then let it set until it becomes mushy. You can add goats milk, canned dog food, etc to it. Poor baby, hope everything works out.
Ive seen em go at 6 weeks with out problems. I start to wean all my pups at 3 weeks and by 4 weeks they are eating kibble on thier own. I have to wean mine early because they'll tear up the mommas tits. I had one puppy bite right through one of my girls tits before.
NOt all dogs and breeds are alike, Shiggs, you should know that. In addition, even if your pups are eating solid food at 4 weeks that does not mean they should be separated from momma or their littermates at that time. 5-6 weeks is WAY too young to be away from the litter. 8 weeks is the minimum. I'd also advise you take the pup back and see if you can pick it up 3 or so weeks later.
Yes, all breeds are not the same. I was stating that i have seen pups go to thier new homes at 6 weeks and they did fine. Personally if i was a new dog owner and people were telling me to take my new pup back to the breeder, i'd be a bit freaked.
I know that 4 weeks is to early to be seperated. The pups missout on important bonding time, and social behavior lessons.
I see where Shiggs is coming from... this person needs some advice about taking care of the dog in the event that taking the pup back is not an option. I don't know that we can assume that the pup was bought from a breeder... perhaps it's a puppy from a shelter or a pet store...
The first thing I would suggest is to call your vet. Your vet can give you good information on how much to feed and can recommend a good quality puppy formula. Talk to your vet about what emotional needs are not being met with the puppy having been taken from mom so soon. Your puppy is very young to not be with mom - but that's not to say that he can't grow up to be a wonderful dog. I think all in all, you're going to have to become mom... remember to give him a nice secure place to snuggle into... at this age he should still be sleeping with all of his littermates and the warmth of mom... try a warm water bottle and towels to give him the security that he would normally feel.
I WAS giving advise. My firt bit of advice was letting it stay with the breeder a bit longer. If you continue to read...I also addressed the food being fed and suggested how she might prepare it to help the pup eat.
In case it did come from a pet store or something other than a reputable breeder. People need the truth, not sugar coated, so that in the future if they ever decide to get another pup, they will understand they need to wait until it is at least 8 weeks before getting it. I was not rude, I simply said it was too young to be away from mom, and made suggestions.
By the way to the OP....how is the pup doing today? Any luck getting it to eat? Did it see the vet?
***Edited By: lpn169 on 9/1/2006 2:03:19 PM*** Reason: add
Whoa!!! LPN - nothing I said was directed at you... I thought that the OP was given great advice... I was simply saying that I understood where Shiggs was coming from when she said that if she had a new pup and people were saying to send it back she'd be freaked out...
I certainly didn't mean to offend you and didn't mean to come across badly... I agree that the OP needs to know that the pup should have been allowed more time with mom... my point was simply that if going back to be with mom is not an option... she needs to know what else to do.
I think that you always give great advice... sorry to obviously have offended you...
She's eating a little more now. I need to get her some milk and a bottle. Any recommendations on a type of dog formula to get? She's doing really good on pottying. No accidents so far, I can get her right from her kennel to outside, and she will go potty right away.
I wanted to say thank you for all of your advise, it is really helping a lot.
I start to wean all my pups at 3 weeks and by 4 weeks they are eating kibble on thier own. <-----This I got to see. and by 5 weeks I had addie running blinds and holding a perp in a bark and hold. HAHAHAHAHA
Esbilac is a very good puppy formula to use. It comes in cans that are only good for a few days once you open them (need to keep it refridgerated) or in a powder form that you can mix up as you need it.
I start to wean all my pups at 3 weeks and by 4 weeks they are eating kibble on thier own. <-----This I got to see. and by 5 weeks I had addie running blinds and holding a perp in a bark and hold. HAHAHAHAHA *********************************************
Gunny- I'd hate to agree with Shiggs but I know that in MY breed, the pups do start weaning at 3 weeks and are generally eating on their own at 4 weeks (food out of a blender of course). I let them stay with their moms as long as they will nurse them, but this has been the average ages for my pups also.
At 5-6 weeks the puppy should be eating on his own and shouldnt need to be bottle fed anymore.
Yes Gunny, i start weaning my pups at 3 weeks. I have only had one litter of pups that didnt have thier teeth in by 3 weeks. At 4 weeks they are eating kibble on thier own. They still stay with the mother until 8 weeks old. Normally after 4 weeks the mothers start to dry up and the pups lose intrest in nursing.